Putting all your food in the freezer may seem like the ideal solution for preserving them, but there are some foods that you should never put in the freezer.
Similarly, defrosting a freezer may seem like a straightforward process, but there are some things that you should never do while defrosting it, or you could end up damaging the appliance. To help you avoid such mishaps, here are some of the common mistakes to avoid in general.
Don’t Use Anything Sharp
What better way is there to remove some solid ice than to use the trusty ice pick; a tool that seems so apt for the job at hand!
However, if you do use an ice pick, chances are very high that you will end up puncturing the walls of your refrigerator, which will basically make the appliance unusable, or at the very least, unsightly.
This goes for knives or any other sharp and heavy object as well. Scrapping the ice off with a plastic spatula is a much better idea than using anything made out of metal.
Don’t Use a Dryer
Using a hair dryer is never recommended by experts but a lot of people try to speed up the process by doing so and some even use a vacuum cleaner for the same purpose. It’s mostly a bad idea because there’s a chance that you might get electrocuted.
If the appliance comes into contact with the melting ice water, or if your feet are touching the accumulating water, those chances of getting electrocuted suddenly become very high. Also, the hot air may also reduce your freezer’s capacity to cool itself.
Don’t Close the Door
When you are defrosting, the door needs to stay open as that allows warm air from the outside to defrost the freezer naturally. This will accelerate the process of course, and while it isn’t as fast as using a blow dryer, it’s safe and does not damage your appliance in any way.
Don’t Wait for Too Long Before Defrosting
Some users neglect the ice build-up for as long as they possibly can and only address the problem when the build-up is so heavy that it quite literally stops the freezer door from closing properly.
This is a bad idea for many reasons, but the most obvious one is of course that your electricity bills will increase significantly since the freezer full of ice has to work extra hard to keep everything inside frosty.
As you can imagine, this also shortens the lifespan of the appliance through overworking. The final disadvantage of waiting too long to defrost a freezer is that the process will be so much more strenuous and time consuming than it should be.
Don’t Forget to Use Hot Water
If the thought of abandoning the dryers and the vacuums disappoints you, rest assured that we have a safer and better solution for you as well. Just heat a bowl of water to boiling point or at least till it starts to emit steam generously, and then place it in the freezer.
This will drastically speed up the defrosting process and you won’t have to worry about being shocked by your hair dryer either! The water may need to be reheated every ten to fifteen minutes though.
Now that you have an idea of what to avoid, check out Service Force’s helpful little guide on how to defrost a freezer without damaging it. It’s not really that complicated and just about anyone can do it safely, as long as they don’t make any of the mistakes discussed here and follow the guide diligently.